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Life skills can be likened to personal self-management. They add up to those skills that help a person “get themselves together”. An athlete or a coach for example may be extremely gifted in their sport yet come up short in their ability to effectively manage time, be organized, run or participate in meetings, solve life problems, deal with stress, capitalize on their assets, etc. When this is true, it hampers 100% use of athletic gifts in spite of high motivation. And it doesn’t need to be that way!

These topic areas can be delivered in one or more of these forms of service: assessment, consulting, coaching, training or presentations.

Preserving the Precious Commodity of Time in Your Sports Role

We all have 1,440 minutes each day. Soon after your 55th birthday you will have logged 20,000 days. These minutes and days cannot be saved. They are spent sunset by sunset. In sports this translates into meeting, practices, games/matches, phone and PC time and travel. So the question is how effective are you at using the limited, precious commodity of time? There is nothing flashy about this presentation. It simply gives non-gimmicky ways to better control your time based upon taking the most important and biggest step of all…clarity of life purpose and priorities.

Be Grateful For Stress in Sports: Absence of It Equals Performance “Death”

  • Truth 1: Absence of stress is death.
  • Truth 2: Too much stress also is death.
  • Truth 3: Effectively managing, not eliminating, stress is a very good thing.

This session covers these stress in sports points:

  1. how stress affects us
  2. the nine indicators of stress
  3. the three primary sources of stress and eight coping styles.
Managing stress in sports is not a one-way-fits-all deal. But, the more we understand stress, its causes, indicators and proven coping principles the more likely we can personally manage it taking into account our uniqueness make-up, team dynamics and personality.

No Frills Problem Solving Skills in the World of Sports

Really good problem solvers in sports do these things well: They...

  1. follow a logical process ( a six step process will be shared)
  2. sublimate bias and unsupported opinion and let the collection and analysis of data guide them
  3. tap their creative energy to seek alternative solutions
  4. learn to use proven problem solving tools
  5. strike a healthy balance between planning, thinking and acting
  6. are honest about evaluating results and
  7. have the gumption to tweak or fully overhaul the implemented “solution” if results are not satisfactory.

A sports example using the problem solving process, including some of the more common problem solving tools, will be given. Also, depending on length problems specific to the team or sports organization can be worked through.

A Meeting of the Minds-Planning, Organization and Structure

Meetings expend valuable and limited resources-mainly time, money, energy. And way too often meetings are poorly run and fall short of expectations. In order to highly increase the odds for meeting success there is a planning, organizing and structure checklist to follow. This topic provides that checklist and how to skillfully act on it. Included are the eleven keys to effective meetings and the nine points for effective meeting planning.

A Meeting of the Minds-Understanding and Controlling Group Behavior

Planning, organizing and structuring for an effective meeting is critical to success. But it is not enough. Ultimately the make/break issues revolve around the people dynamics in the meeting. And it is not accomplished by random acts of kindness or wishful thinking. Group dynamics skills are required. This topic provides ways to successfully manage the three laws of a meeting:

  1. unite the group
  2. focus the group
  3. mobilize the group.
Four techniques for each group behavior law will be given.

A Meeting of the Minds III-Working with Challenging Personalities

When you boil it down behavior in meetings fall into three broad categories: Task, Social and Blocking. Task and social are needed, blocking is not. This topic provides ways to reduce and even eliminate the eight types of blocking behavior; Overly Talkative Tom, Side Conversation Sarah, Inarticulate Imogene, Definitely Wrong Denny, Rambler Rose, Clasher Clyde, Obstinate Opal and Won’t Talk Wesley and why people behave this way.

Assessing Your Assets

When is the last time, if ever, that you have:

  1. Assessed your assets? And were not talking about money here; rather the life/career planning assets: talent and skills, intelligence, motivation, friends, family, education, experience, health and appearance
  2. Inventoried your accomplishments and the knowledge, skills and abilities it took to make that accomplishment a reality?
  3. Seriously thought about inventing your own future by looking ahead at possible pathways to travel?
  4. Did some critical thinking about matching your values, interests and talents with life and especially work choices?

Attending this session affords you the opportunity to learn how to effectively do the above which leads to a increased success, happiness, accomplishment and control of your life.

P.S. “Choose your ruts carefully; you may be in them for the rest of your life.”

A Broadening Approach to Learning and Skill Development in Sports

Often education and sports organizations do not expand methods for learning and skill development. As well, too often individuals are not aware of alternate ways to acquire knowledge, skills and abilities. This session is designed to open up more learning windows beyond the very valuable yet limiting classroom and practice field approach. Reading, observing, listening, inquiry, diagnosis, consulting, experimentation, new worlds, organizing and performing are key alternations that will be defined and elaborated upon.

Is Your Network Working? Does it Create Net Worth For You and Others?

Nearly everywhere we go we hear one of the best things to do is network. Yet, in spite of that, many people have developed a less than adequate network. Why? Either lack of skills, professional style and genuine intent. This session clearly defines why networks are needed, the most common qualities you need from people in your network and how to add to and effectively prune your network using the right skills and motivations.